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5 Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300

James Tarr reviews the five best shotguns for personal protection under $300.

5 Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300

Mossberg’s Maverick 88 is offered in several variations. This 5-shot model has FDE furniture and a retail price of just $245.

Even in the 21st century the 12-gauge shotgun is still considered by many to be the ultimate home-defense firearm. It is a brute force weapon, throwing clouds of attitude-adjusting projectiles downrange—simple, but very effective.

Because shotguns are simple, they are also relatively inexpensive when compared to other types of firearms. Especially pump shotguns, which are perhaps the best balance between cost and performance. Let’s take a look at five great home defense pump shotguns with retail prices under $300, which means you’ll see them on sale for even less than that. All of these shotguns accept 2 ¾” and 3-inch shells.

Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300
Mossberg’s Maverick 88 is one of the few shotguns to be found that has extra capacity models for sale under $300. This 7+1 model has a retail price of $259.

1. Mossberg Maverick 88 Security

The Maverick is the economy line from Mossberg, introduced in 1988, and produced in Maverick County, Texas. Mossberg’s other pump shotguns (the 500 and 590 series) are already very affordably priced, but the Maverick line drops that price tag even further. The Maverick 88 Security has a cylinder bore barrel, is offered with either an 18.5- or 20inch barrel with a bead sight, a 5+1 or 7+1 capacity, or a blued or Flat Dark Earth (FDE) finish. When compared to the Mossberg 500, the Mavericks have crossbolt instead of receiver-mounted safeties and more limited options when it comes to calibers and chokes, but are compatible with Mossberg 500 accessories (stocks, barrels, etc.). MSRP on the 5+1 capacity models is just $245, and the 7+1 versions are $259.

Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300
The Stoeger P3000 has a blade front sight and a few styling cues that set it apart from the crowd. This base model has a retail price of just $289.

2. Stoeger P3000 Defense

Stoeger is a name well-known to many people. They have produced pistols in cooperation with Beretta in the past, and offer a comprehensive array of shotguns, everything from over/unders to semi-autos. The P3000 Defense is a pump-action 12-gauge with an 18-5-inch barrel. It has a black synthetic stock and forend and a blade front sight, which is a bit unusual in this price range. The standard model has a standard stock, 5+1 capacity, and an MSRP of just $289. For just a few dollars more the Freedom Series version of this gun has an extended 7+1 capacity magazine, and an MSRP of $339.

Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300
Savage’s budget line is Stevens, and their Security 320 has a distinctive stock and forend. This is the base model, with a 5+1 capacity and a bead sight.
Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300
For just $299 (under our $300 threshold) you can get a version of the Stevens Security 320 with ghost ring sights.

3. Savage/Stevens Security 320

Much like Maverick is Mossberg’s economy brand, Stevens is Savage’s economy brand. Their Security 320 has a suggested retail price of just $269, and for that low price you get a shotgun with a distinctive stock and forend that helps it stand out from the crowd. The Security 320 has an 18.5-inch barrel with a bead sight, dual slide bars, crossbolt safety, and a 5+1 capacity. But wait, there’s more! You can get the Security 320 with a pistol-grip stock for the same price, or for $30 more (still under our $300 threshold) you can get a version with ghost ring sights. These are made by Sun City Machinery in China for Savage/Stevens.

Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300
EAA imports the Churchill from Turkey, and this budget-friendly shotgun has polymer furniture and a blade front sight and the very low retail price of $233.

4. EAA Churchill

European American Armory has been very successful importing proven firearm designs into the U.S., everything from Italian-made CZ 75 clones to Turkish shotguns. The EAA Churchill 612 is a 12-gauge pumps shotgun made for them by AKKAR in Turkey. This shotgun has an 18.5-inch barrel, blued finish, and a black polymer stock and forend. It has a 5+1 capacity. There are several versions of this shotgun, including a pistol grip model and a kit that includes a vent-rib 26-inch barrel, but the basic model has an MSRP of just $233.

Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300
Rock Island Armory is part of Armscor, one of the biggest firearms manufacturers in the world, based in the Philippines. Their Meriva Standard Pump is an affordably priced pump.
Best Home Defense Shotguns Under $300
Just one step up from their base model, Rock Island Armory’s All Generations pump adds an improved stock and forend and a vent rib barrel, while still coming in under $300.

5. Rock Island Armory is the American face of Armscor

The largest firearms manufacturer in the Philippines (and one of the largest in the world), and I’m going to actually cover two of their shotguns. Their Meriva Standard Pump gives you everything you need in a pump-action 12-gauge, for an amazing low price. The Meriva sports an 18.5-inch barrel with a ramp front sight, a 5+1 capacity, and a triangular crossbolt safety. The MSRP of the Meriva is $249. The next step up from the Meriva is RIA’s All Generations shotgun. It too has a 5+1 capacity and an 18.5-inch barrel, but the barrel has a vent rib, and the stock and forend are upgraded to a new design vaguely reminiscent of the Magpul shotgun products. The stock has a cheekpad adjustable for height. MSRP on the All Gen is $299.

A quick note—the websites listed above are where you can go to get all the specs and info on these products, but none of the retailers sell direct to consumer. However, a quick search online will show you that these guns are available from most distributors, including Davidson’s Gallery of Guns.

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About the Author:

James Tarr is a former police officer and private investigator, and is a nationally ranked competitive shooter. He has been writing professionally for 20 years, both magazine articles and books.

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